Russia, Turkey and Iran announce new Syria de-escalation zone

Syrian ceasefire talks begin again as Isis loses territory

Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed to establish and monitor a combat-free zone in and around the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib after two days of talks on ending the country's six-year war.

"We are talking about the units of Russian military police, which have already been deployed in a number of the de-escalation zones", Lavrentiev said, adding that if any third country proposes to use of its military contingents, the guarantor countries are ready to consider that.

"We have welcomed the Astana talks and we've recognized the importance of the creation of de-escalation zones and we hope that mechanisms in order to make them fully effective will be able to be put in place", Guterres said.

September 14, 2017 (EIRNS)-The delegations from Russian Federation and United States met on the sidelines of the Syria talks now being held in Astana, Kazakhstan, according to TASS today.

"In accordance with the agreement reached by the three guarantor states of the Astana meetings, observers from the three states will be deployed at the checkpoints and observation posts to be established in the security zones which will constitute the borders of the de-escalation area", said a press release on the Turkish ministry's website.

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A joint statement said that the zones will be formed for a six-month period and will be extended if necessary.

The negotiators are looking to nail down details of a proposed "de-escalation" zone in the northern Idlib province, after Moscow ploughed on with setting up three other safe areas around the country in a move that has seen violence drop. "The main mission of these observers has been defined as the prevention of clashes between the regime and the opposition forces and any violations of the truce".

Idlib is the only province in Syria that remains entirely beyond regime control after having been captured in 2015 by an alliance of jihadists and rebels. He also told reporters that the exact deployment locations of the de-escalation control forces was yet to be determined. According to the Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry, Qatar is also participating for the first time as an observer.

"With this latest development, the memorandum is making a significant contribution to providing necessary conditions to further the political solution process going on in Geneva under United Nations monitoring", Turkey's Foreign Ministry said. National reconciliation teams to be set in October Meanwhile, the guarantors have already started discussing setting up national reconciliation committees in Syria and will continue those discussions at the next meeting in late October, Lavrentyev said.

The new round of talks comes as the Syrian army sought to encircle the remaining Daesh-held parts of Deir al-Zor, over a week after breaking the militant group siege on the eastern city.

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